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"How long would it take to deploy the National Guard if they were Black": Sports world reacts to storming of U.S. Capitol

Phillip Suitts
Palm Beach Post
People shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, in Washington. ANDREW HARNIK / Associated Press

All eyes are on Washington D.C. as a pro-Donald Trump crowd stormed the U.S. Capitol while Congress was certifying the results of the presidential election, won by President-elect Joe Biden.

That includes the eyes of the sports world, as players and coaches from the high school level to the professionals react to the acts of violence, condemning the mob.

Many used the word "thugs" to describe the pro-Trump extremists.

Jermon Bushrod, Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman

Joshua Pierre-Louis, The Benjamin School graduate and NC State football player

Walt Aikens, Former Miami Dolphins safety

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Others noted that this mob was treated differently than protestors over the summer, who called for social justice and an end to police brutality after the death of Black people at the hands of law enforcement, including George Floyd. 

Bill Russell, who starred for the Boston Celtics and was the first Black coach in the NBA, asked how long it would take for the National Guard to be deployed if the people breaching the U.S. Capitol were Black, and questioned how many would be dead.

Even after the Capitol was breached, the National Guard was not immediately deployed.

Russell wasn't the only one. Former Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade and former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy both highlighted the lack of a quick response.

Jarvis Landry, Former Miami Dolphins and current Cleveland Browns receiver 

NBA player Kevin Love

John I. Leonard High School football coach Keith Chattin

Ahmmon Richards, Former Wellington High/Miami Hurricanes receiver, and current CEO of marketing agency Lgndary Sports

Robert Griffin III, NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner

Shannon Sharpe, Former NFL player and Fox Sports TV commentator 

Devin Studstill, Palm Beach Gardens High graduate and former Notre Dame and USF defensive back

Julie Foudy, formerly of U.S. Women's National Team and an ESPN commentator

Chimdi Chekwa, Former Miami Dolphin

Johnnie Dixon, Former Dwyer High and Ohio State receiver

NFL cornerback Richard Sherman